Monday, November 2, 2009
ACCOUNTABILITY V. POINTING OUT INJUSTICES
Within the Black community there is always a great debate on whether we’re taking accountability or not. This type of idea is usually birthed from those who are more conservative in nature than liberal. This school of thought suggests that Blacks should stop complaining and instead do something about the troubles that they face. In full, it basically represents the bootstrap methodology. However, with this form of thinking comes great criticism. I say this because although Blacks can take accountability for their problems, which are not all the time inflicted by themselves the fact still remains that if an unjust system is still able coexist while they take that accountability then it defeats the purpose. For instance, let us reflect on Black Wall Street, Rosewood, the 80s when crack had hit, and there are many more examples. It seems to me that whenever Blacks do try to take accountability there is always another mechanism that falls into place that knocks down what little effort that has been brought forth. Therefore, is it logical to say that Blacks should stop pointing out injustices? I partially agree with accountability, but at the same time I do feel that pointing out the injustices outweighs the taking of accountability. It is imperative that the injustices in this society be laid out for all to see and analyze, for if they don’t they will continue to exist with complete impunity.
I say that simply because again, if Blacks take accountability but yet this system develops new ways to combat that accountability to ensure that Blacks are still kept down, then what do we do from there? Even with drug treatment facilities and forms of community corrections, the drug problem is not being fixed. The people at the top of the drug trade seem to have complete impunity while young Black males are locked up like clockwork, where is the justice in that? We can demand for our young males to stop facilitating in the drug trade; however if the law isn’t willing to fix itself so that things are fair and just for all then what is the purpose of demanding them to stop? If there aren’t any jobs available or avenues of change available for these males, while we demand for them to stop associating with illegal activity, then how do we expect them to transition into normal productive behavior? Therefore, to me it is illogical to say that Blacks should take more accountability than pointing out the injustices. Another good example is the loads of non profit orgs that are out there working strenuously day to day, to fix problems in the inner cities. Oftentimes they fall short on budget, and because they’re doing a great good, their funding is cut by the funder. It is widely known that the gov’t will cut funding to working non profits in a heart beat, before they allow these orgs to actually do their jobs fully. In addition, it is extremely hard for non profit orgs with great intentions to obtain funding, due to the already established non profit orgs that has the proper networking to get the funding over everyone else. Failure of gov’t and private donors to regulate such funding is also an attribute to the failed attempts at proving funding to non profits to do good work. As a result of bad regulation on the behalf of gov’t and private funders, most non profit orgs that are obtaining the funds are basically doing as they please with the money, instead of doing what they had written in their grant proposals. So the mere fact that some non profit orgs exists that wish to do well, goes to show that there is a great deal of accountability taking place. This myth that Blacks aren’t doing anything to fix the issues is nothing more than saying that Blacks enjoy the position in which they find themselves, which in my opinion is completely ludicrous. There is a difference between accountability that is truly working and accountability that is in battle.
Most may be torn on this topic but no matter your ethnicity I would like to hear what others out there have to say on this complex issue, because more seem to be either confused or fully for one or the other. I just don’t understand how some cannot see how this system is much more powerful than Blacks simply congregating and fixing their problems. I believe that it will take for this system to change FIRST, in order for TRUE accountability and change to take place. What says you?